Deborah L. Barrow
Deborah Barrow is the City Librarian for the City of San Diego’s library system. She is responsible for the system’s Central Library and its 35 branches interspersed throughout the City of San Diego. Ms. Barrow holds a masters degree in Library Science from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Scripps College. With well over 20 years experience in library management, Ms. Barrow also has held library director positions at the City of Sunnyvale and the City of Watsonville. Prior to that, she was responsible for technology and project management for the Chula Vista Public Library, and helped manage the construction project and financing to open the South Chula Vista Library. She has also worked in information management and technology in the private sector.
Ms. Barrow has a passion for establishing innovative library services, creating and improving library building and spaces, collaborating with community stakeholders to achieve optimum public service, and providing educational opportunities for people of all ages. As a native San Diegan, Ms. Barrows feels honored to have helped bring the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common to reality. After 30 years in the making, the new library opened to rave reviews on September 30, 2013.